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An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge

An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge

by Ambrose Bierce

Analysis: Allusions

When authors refer to other great works, people, and events, it’s usually not accidental. Put on your super-sleuth hat and figure out why.

Literary and Mythological References

  • "Unsteadfast footing" (1.4) – Shakespeare, William, Henry IV Part 1 Act 1, Scene 3 lines 518-524
  • Aeolian Harp (3.14) – Named after Aeolus, the Greek god of wind, an Aeolian harp doesn't require human hands to make noise. Wind hits the strings and causes them to make sound.

Historical References

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